Located in the extreme North-East, the Zambezi Region is home to the Namibia-Zambia-Botswana tripoint, a few meters away from the Zimbabwe border. Much of the region is occupied by rural Namibian's who depend on subsistence farming and fishing to survive. Two years ago I travelled to Zambezi, and noticed that fishermen/ women commonly criss-cross the border without legal documentation. Last week a violent incident shed a light on the region, sparking a fierce debate about sovereignty and colonial borders.
So, let's clarify a few things:
1. Four Namibian citizens are killed by a neighboring country's military for fishing in The Chobe River.
2. Upon hearing the news, a mother who lost three sons in the incident dies from cardiac arrest.
3. Some of us are learning that approximately 30 Namibians have been killed by the Botswana Defence Force's "Shoot to Kill", Anti-Pouching policy over the past 10 years.
And in response to planned grassroots protest, the Press Secretary say's planned protests are, "pointless and misplaced" because the two governments are working it out. So we must just chill and have blind faith in our government? He must be as thick as two bricks...like, what in the actual fuck dude?! Imagine this happened in the seemingly progressive capital city, and not some village in rural Zambezi? What is the value of life in rural spaces? The Press Secretary's utterances from (the Peoples House) State House, rub us the wrong way because they are void of humanity. No matter how you justify it, these are extrajudicial killings and they need to stop. Simple, finished and klar.